Let’s see if we can break this disturbing story down to its brass tacks.
New evidence shows a Nunes aide in close conversation with Parnas
Rep. Devin Nunes denies involvement in the Ukrainian scandal. New texts between his top aide and Lev Parnas say otherwise.
Parnas claimed last November that Nunes was also party to the pressure campaign, and that he’d worked with one of the lawmaker’s top aides, former White House official Derek Harvey, to keep the congressman in the loop about the progress of the quid pro quo scheme.
The messages released Friday would seem to support these allegations, and to suggest Nunes, who was a vocal defender of Trump throughout last year’s impeachment inquiry hearings, may have been more involved in the administration’s efforts in Ukraine than he’s admitted to — despite his consistent denials about having any real role in the scandal.
Messages between Harvey and Nunes show meetings at a Trump hotel, and coordination on witness interviews
A string of messages between Parnas and Harvey from April 17 to 19, 2019 show the two men trying to set up interviews with Ukrainian officials such as disgraced former prosecutor Viktor Shokin, a Biden critic who was fired at the request of a number of Western governments, and Yuri Lutsenko, who asked for Yovanovitch to be fired in exchange for dirt on the Bidens, according to recent documents released by the House Intelligence Committee.
Harvey and Parnas worked closely on the logistics of the interviews: after informing Parnas about prepping a Nunes staff lawyer, Harvey asks for “suggested lines of questions” and the “full names of who we will interview.” Parnas responds that he will put both together.
Although these meetings between Nunes and the former (corrupt) Ukrainian officials were canceled as the last minute (by Nunes aide Derek Harvey), the documentary evidence Parnas provided, showed that they were well into the planning and set-up stage before the plug was pulled:
“We need to set a time for Skype w your four people,” Harvey wrote in an April 2019 message to Parnas, apparently referring to former Ukrainian officials claiming to have information on Biden.
“It looks like we can get all the interviews set up for Tuesday or Wednesday whatever works better for you,” Parnas wrote back.
“Wednesday would be best here,” Harvey wrote. “It allows me to prep a staff lawyer to assist. Any suggested line of questions? Full names of who we will interview?”
Parnas responded, “Sounds good will put together there (sic) names and questions that I recommend.”
www.thedailybeast.com — Jan 17, 2020
The reason for the last-minute cancellation?
Well, apparently when “they realized they would have to disclose the trip to Adam Schiff” …
The Nunes Crew Is Neck-Deep in the Ukraine Scandal
by Matt Cohen, MotherJones.com — Dec 17, 2019
But as CNBC reported on November 24—in an article cited in the intelligence committee report—Harvey’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal may go deeper. Parnas’ attorney told CNBC that some of Nunes’ aides scrapped a trip to Ukraine to meet with two Ukrainian prosecutors earlier this year when they realized they would have to disclose the trip to Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Once they came to that realization, they asked Parnas to set up Skype and phone meetings with the officials. As a result, Harvey, according to Parnas’ attorney, spoke with the two Ukrainian prosecutors over Skype and in a phone call in March of this year.
Question: A meeting over Skype — is still a meeting, isn’t it?
Well, in any event, other reports indicate that Nunes and Harvey DID have prior IN-Person Meetings, with Shokin, in Vienna:
Though that particular trip never happened, Harvey, along with Nunes and two other aides, took a trip to Europe in 2018 that; CNN reported this trip allegedly included a stopover in Vienna, where Nunes met with former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin. Shokin has been accused of corruption and has promoted the unfounded claim that he was removed from office due to his investigation into Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company on whose board Hunter Biden served. One of the other Nunes aides on that Europe trip, according to congressional records, was Scott Glabe, who at the time was the deputy staff director on the House Intelligence Committee. […]
There must be hotel, restaurant, and taxi receipts of this, somewhere on Devin’s “expense report” — knowing “how frugal” that farmer Devin always is …
[…]The attorney, Joseph A. Bondy, represents Lev Parnas, the recently indicted Soviet-born American who worked with Giuliani to push claims of Democratic corruption in Ukraine. Bondy said that Parnas was told directly by the former Ukrainian official that he met last year in Vienna with Rep. Devin Nunes.“Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last December,” said Bondy.www.cnn.com — Nov 23, 2019
The lawsuit also disputes CNN’s reporting that Nunes spoke with Parnas around the time of his alleged trip to Vienna (Nov. 30 to Dec. 3). But phone records released Tuesday in the draft impeachment report from three House committees showed Nunes and Parnas exchanged several calls on April 12, including one that lasted more than eight minutes.
www.usatoday.com — Dec 4, 2019
Wrong number, random calls (with Trump’s Ukrainian fixers) — rarely last over 8 Minutes, unless you’re discussing something important. Like the goals of the Biden rigging scheme, perhaps, eh Devin?
Perhaps, Nunes should quit working on his extracurricular retirement plans — and start working on doing the Peoples’ business instead …
In March, he filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter, accusing the social media company of burying conservative content. In that lawsuit, he also named as defendants two parody accounts based on mocking him: Devin Nunes’ Cow and Devin Nunes’ Mom.
Devin should heed the advice of “his cow” … who considers Nunes a nuisance, more than a serious Representative … or farmer.
“I consider the lawsuit frivolous,” the cow wrote. “Nunes has defamed me. He publicly stated that I’m involved in a conspiracy, as a foreign actor, use dark money and am part of his opponents’ campaign. None of this is true.”
The cow thinks that Nunes is filing lawsuits to scare off critics, tie them in legal knots and either “bankrupt and/or wear them out emotionally.”
The lawsuits, the cow noted, have also been great for Nunes’ fundraising. Could this be the real reason he has become lawsuit-happy?
www.latimes.com — Oct 20, 2019
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About Viktor Shokin:
Viktor Mykolayovych Shokin (Ukrainian: Віктор Миколайович Шокін) is a former Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Having previously worked as an investigator for the Prosecutor General Office, he served as Prosecutor General for a year between 2015 and 2016. His appointment was controversial from the outset and he was widely considered to be a key obstacle in the fight against corruption, with accusations that he had blocked cases against allies and influential figures. He was dismissed in March 2016 after pressure from the United States, European Union and international financial institutions, as well as Ukrainian anti-corruption campaigners. In 2019, Shokin became embroiled in the scandal that led to the impeachment of Donald Trump, the US president, for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 US presidential election to help his re-election bid.
About Yuri Lutsenko:
Yuriy Vitaliyovych Lutsenko (Ukrainian: Юрій Віталійович Луценко; born 14 December 1964) is a Ukrainian politician whose latest post was Prosecutor General of Ukraine from 12 May 2016 until 29 August 2019.
On 13 December 2010 Lutsenko was charged with abuse of office and forgery by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka. On 27 February 2012 Lutsenko was sentenced to four years in jail for embezzlement and abuse of office.
These are the guys — Texts show — that Nunes and Harvey wanted to meet with — in their moonlighting participation in Donald Trump’s illegal Extortion scheme …
There goes Nunes’ Law-suiting alibis … of his so-called innocence.